Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is celebrated each February in the United States.  Because of the timing of the birthdays of two very important individuals in the fight to end slavery, Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.  Black History Week was originally slated for the second week in February in 1926.  In 1976, it was expanded to encompass the entire month of February to recognize the significant achievements made by the African-American community in all aspects of American society.


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 A guide to the faces of the past that inspire the future:

Shirley Chisholm - 1st Black woman to run for president (1927) - 1st Black woman elected to US Congress (1962) - Her presidential campaign slogan was “Unbought and Unbossed”


Phill G. Hubbard - 1st Black professor and administrator at the University of Iowa - 1st Black Vice President at a Big 10 university - Hubbard Park is named after him


Elizabeth Catlett - Sculptor and graphic artist - Famous for depictions of the Black experience - First of 3 students to earn masters in fine arts at UIowa (1940) - Catlett Residence Hall is named after her


Cicely Tyson: - American actress and fashion model - 3-time Emmy Award winner, 14-time nominee - Began acting by joining off-Broadway productions


Lulu M. Johnson - American historian and university administrator - 2nd Black woman to earn a PhD in history from Iowa (1941) - Johnson County was recently renamed after her



Marsha P. Johnson - Activist, drag queen, and lead figure during Stonewall Uprising - Co-founded Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR) - Was known for her larger than life fashion style

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